The town of Unnao
: उन्नाव, Urdu
: اناو') is the headquarters of Unnao District
in Uttar Pradesh
. It is approximately 18 km from Kanpur & 60 km from Lucknow . It is connected to these two cities by roadway as well as by railway. The nearest airport is at Amausi
about 50 km from Unnao. Unnao district is a part of Central Ganges Plain of the state covering an area of 4558 km<sup>2</sup>.
The town of Unnao gives its name to the district of which it forms a part. About 1200 years ago, the site of this town was covered with extensive forests. Godo Singh, a Chauhan Rajput, cleared the forests, probably in the third quarter of the 12th century, and founded a town called Sawai Godo, which shortly afterwards passed into the hands of the rulers of the Kannauj, who appointed Khande Singh as the Governor of the place. Unwant Singh, a Bisen Rajput and a lieutenant of the Governor, killed him and built a fort here, renaming the place as Unnao after himself.
In ancient times, the area which comprises Unnao formed part of the Kosala Mahajanapada
. It was later included in Oudh
. This region has been inhabited since antiquity as traces from ancient times remain at some places in the district.
After the First War of Indian Independence in 1857
, power was transferred from the British East India Company
to the British Crown, by the Queen's Proclamation of 1858. Once the order was... Read More